Trump calls Khashoggi recording 'a suffering tape', doesn't want to hear it


The president declined to say if evidence that the crown prince, with whom the Trump administration developed close ties, was involved with the killing would alter relations with Riyadh. He has tried to avoid pinning blame on MBS.

While touring fire damage Malibu, California, Trump confirmed that he had spoken with Haspel.

"They haven't assessed anything yet. I know exactly, I know everything that went on in the tape without having to hear it".

The spokesperson for the US State Department Heather Nauert released a statement, which mentioned, "There remain numerous unanswered questions with respect to the murder of Mr Khashoggi".

But on Saturday the State Department said the U.S. government was yet to reach a final conclusion on the killing, with "numerous unanswered questions" remaining.

The murder of the journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, remains a mystery.

The sanctions the Treasury Department announced last week against the 17 Saudis were imposed under the Global Magnitsky Act, which empowers the United States to target human rights abusers overseas.

The CIA had briefed other parts of the United States government, including Congress, on its assessment, sources said. This has placed U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration at odds with the intelligence assessment.

"He did have certainly people that were reasonably close to him and close to him that were probably involved".

The death of 59-year-old Khashoggi, a onetime insider turned critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and a resident of the USA, has spurred a wave of global anger against Saudi Arabia and its ruler. Turkish officials have also called for an investigation into whether the body was dissolved in acid.

Khashoggi was a contributor to The Post's Global Opinions section.

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The odds are this official report won't implicate the Saudi crown prince, as the Central Intelligence Agency already did that in their own assessment, leading President Trump to complain that it was "premature" for the Central Intelligence Agency to make that conclusion.

The CIA did not respond to a request for comment.

The assassination has sparked a foreign policy for the White House.

Trump has called the killing a botched operation that was carried out very poorly and has said "the cover-up was one of the worst cover-ups in the history of cover-ups". The woman said she got married to Khashoggi in a religious ceremony in Washington earlier in 2018.

After initially denying any knowledge of Khashoggi's whereabouts, Riyadh admitted later in October that the journalist had been killed in a fight inside the consulate.

"In due course, the European Union and its member states will consider how they can act together towards appropriate measures against those responsible, in support of the rules based global system", she added.

But despite Saudi denials, American intelligence agencies have concluded that the crown prince ordered Khashoggi's killing, one United States official familiar with the assessment told the Associated Press. Fatimah Baeshen, a spokeswoman for the Saudi Embassy in Washington, said that the claims in the CIA's "purported assessment are false. We have and continue to hear various theories without seeing the primary basis for these speculations". Trump considers the Saudis vital allies in his Mideast agenda.

Saudi Arabia and its ally the United Arab Emirates intervened in the conflict against Iranian-backed Huthi rebels in 2015 in support of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.

"In the meantime we're doing things to some people that we know for a fact were involved and we're being very tough on a lot of people", he added.

Meanwhile, human rights activist Medea Benjamin, said on Twitter, "Even CIA says MBS behind murder of #JamalKhashoggi but Trump covers his ears". A month on, Khashoggi's family has spoken out for the first time, pleading with Saudi authorities to return Khashoggi's body to be buried at the family grave. The Saudi government has attempted to whitewash the murder. He has thought about scenarios in which Mohammed would not have known what his underlings were doing, one adviser said. During his Fox interview, Trump defended his actions.